Evansville considering several changes to their zoning code

The Village of Evansville is looking at some zoning ordinance changes, in particular those involving modular homes, chickens and handicap ramps.
Zoning Administrator Darren Kempfer noted that they held a public meeting on Jan. 24 to look into village ordinances with Frank Heilgenstein from Illinois Codification Services.
“He was very helpful and we’re so glad he came,” Kempfer reported to the board. “He helped us as we were in the dark on some things.”
He continued, “He gave us a lot of information that we had heard before, but not verified.” Specifically that the village “can’t stop (certain) things, but can restrict” them.
Kempfer went on to note this includes the previously highly contested topic of keeping chickens inside of village limits, as well as allowing both double and single wide manufactured homes.
On behalf of the zoning board, he presented two possible ordinances and recommended to the board pushing them forward.
“We can’t stop them from coming into town,” Kempfer said of both chickens and manufactured homes. The first recommended ordinance dealt with how chickens would be kept in town, the second dealt with size restrictions for manufactured homes.
For more from the Evansville Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.